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Cluster access and visualization portal are down to replace storage hardware; no data loss in /home; /data to be restored from tape

Jan. 13, 2020—Update, 1/14/2020 4pm: During the recovery process for the shared storage (GPFS) yesterday we had another drive failure in the same RAID group. With three drives down it is impossible to recover that disk group. The impact is a loss of about 6% of the files. Due to these circumstances, we have decided go ahead...

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Shared storage is now fully online

Dec. 9, 2019—Update, 12/12/2019: We have restored full access to the shared storage system after working with our vendors to identify the problem. All users whose files were affected by the 5% of the storage that was unavailable should be able to access all their files without issues. While the service has been restored, there are still some...

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Welcome SC19 Attendees!

Nov. 18, 2019—We would like to welcome our fellow attendees of Supercomputing 2019 in Denver, CO to our site. This page contains our presentation schedule as well as all our posters, presentation slides, relevant links, source code, and presenter bios. We will be in booth 937 all week, near the center of the exhibit hall.

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DORS offline through the weekend for maintenance; some processes and nodes on the cluster were affected by DORS unmount

Nov. 8, 2019—Update, 11/11/2019: DORS is now back online. ”The filesystem check finished and the filesystem has been repaired.  We learned from this that 8 files were lost during the problematic disk rebuild.  We are running a process now that should identify these files so they can be restored from backup.  This process can be run while...

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Introducing ACCRE SciLo, a long term archiving service

Nov. 4, 2019—SciLo is a long term archiving service at ACCRE based on the Spectra Logic BlackPearl converged storage solution. With SciLo you can archive data at a very low cost and minimal system administrator intervention.

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Stata16 is now available in ACCRE for A&S affiliated users

Oct. 10, 2019—Stata16 is now available in ACCRE for users who are affiliated with the College of Arts and Science. This is the newest version of Stata and includes many new features (https://www.stata.com/). The Stata license allows users from the College of Arts and Science to access it, though you would need to submit a helpdesk ticket...

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Hunter Hagewood named as ACCRE’s new Director of Research Computing Operations

Aug. 19, 2019—We are pleased to welcome Hunter Hagewood as ACCRE’s new Director of Research Computing Operations. Hunter takes over from Will French, who left ACCRE earlier this summer. Hunter joins ACCRE after over 10 years in the private sector: first as a founder and CTO of Nevoa Networks, one of the first commercially available cloud storage...

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GPFS briefly unmounted at 8:02am on Wednesday; check output of jobs running at the time

Jul. 24, 2019—At approximately 8:02 AM today a command was issued to remove a misconfigured compute node from the cluster in GPFS. Due to the nature of the configuration problem and the timing of the command, this caused most or all of the ACCRE gateway and compute nodes to unmount GPFS for approximately one minute. We are...

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New Python guidelines: ACCRE-optimized Python 3 builds with virtual environments are strongly encouraged

Jul. 15, 2019—We have significantly revised our documentation on using Python on the ACCRE cluster to address some of the most common issues that are brought to our attention and improve the overall cluster user experience. Here is a brief overview of some changes: Although Anaconda provides an easy way to use a large selection of software,...

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Will French steps down as ACCRE’s Director of Research Computing Operations

Jul. 2, 2019—Will French, ACCRE’s director of research computing operations, has left Vanderbilt after nearly five years of service to ACCRE. Will came to Vanderbilt in 2008 as a graduate student in chemical and biomolecular engineering; he joined us shortly after completing his PhD and eventually became co-director of ACCRE in 2017.

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